Faculty in the News - Archive
Wednesday, September 24, 2008Professor Michael GreenbergerColumbia Journalism Review
– A columnist argues that the link between former Texas Sen. Phil Gramm and today’s financial turmoil has been established best by reporting in alternative media, like online publications and blogs. Gramm sponsored legislation in 1999 and 2000 that deregulated crucial aspects of the financial industry, and experts point to deregulation as the primary catalyst for the subprime mortgage meltdown and financial institution failures. The article directs readers to an interview with Michael Greenberger, JD, a professor at the School of Law and a former director at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, on NPR’s "Fresh Air."
Wednesday, September 24, 2008Professor Michael GreenbergerLong Island Press
– In the last decade, deregulation has led to soaring prices of commodities such as corn and oil, and lawmakers and financial experts place the blame on their counterparts who pushed for deregulation and the large financial institutions that exploited it. Michael Greenberger, JD, a professor at the School of Law and a former director at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, said commodities markets are "as important to understand and regulate as the securities and debt markets are."
Tuesday, September 23, 2008Professor Sherrilyn IfillABC News
– Nearly 30 percent of Maryland’s population is black. And with Barack Obama on the ticket, the African-American community is expected to turn out in record numbers to vote. But excitement is tempered by serious doubts about fairness at the polls. In 2006, there were also efforts to manipulate black voters. Leaflets were distributed throughout predominately minority neighborhoods, warning voters to stay away from the polls if they hadn’t paid their parking tickets or child support. Or claiming, falsely, that black leaders had endorsed Republicans. "The colors of the material were in red, black and green, all designed to encourage African-American voters to think that their African-American representatives were supporting Republican candidates for the Senate seat and the governor's seat," said Sherrilyn Iffil, JD, professor at the School of Law and co-chair of the Maryland Attorney General’s task force on voter irregularities.
Monday, September 22, 2008Professor Michael GreenbergerForbes.com, Reuters, Politico.com
– A handful of advisors to Senators Barack Obama and John McCain backed legislation in 1999 and 2000 that paved the way for Wall Street’s current financial free fall. Michael Greenberger, JD, a professor at the School of Law and a former director at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, said "the act freed complex derivatives from any regulation. It set the stage for the present mess and the problem is, no one knows how many of these instruments are still out there or who holds them."
Monday, September 22, 2008Professor Larry GibsonMaryland Morning, WYPR-FM, The Washington Post, The Afro-American
– At the University of Maryland School of Law on Sept. 19, they honored a man who was barred from admission and later sued the School to change the rule. For decades, Professor Larry Gibson, LLB, his students and research assistant Delores Mack have gathered historical records about Thurgood Marshall’s little-known years as a young lawyer in Baltimore in the 1930s, before he went to work for the NAACP and brought the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case that desegregated public schools.
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